Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Legally Blonde (2001) Film Review

Rated PG-13 For Language And Sexual References.
1hr 36min/96min.

In the film Legally Blonde, Elle Woods(Reese Witherspoon) needs at least a score of 175 on her LSAT's in order to get into Harvard Law School. In reality she would need a score of 180. Her character in film recieves a score of 179, which would put her in the top 0.1%.

Why does Elle want to go to Harvard, you might ask? Well her boyfriend Warner(Matthew Davis) feels he would do better in Law School if he had a burnette girl, not a blonde. Elle feels stereotyped and saddened. She wants to prove that if she can get into Harvard, anyone can.

You see, Elle may look dumb, but behind the airheaded personality and bubbly looks, she holds quite the brain. When she first arrives at Harvard, people look at her as a spoiled rich girl from the Beverly Hlls, carrying around a small dog, and dressing entirely in pink.

Witherspoon portarys Elle with a sunshine-y personality, and brings the character to splendid life. You want to follow the character through her trials and tibulations. I don't think it's a spoiler that when Elle gets her big court case at the end of the film, she wins it. In all honesty, have you ever seen a movie where a character loses a court case? I can think of one, 1991's JFK.

Elle can be brutally honest, yet at the same time, be totally oblivious. When Warner is engaged, she is still so detirmined to get him back. The dialouge that is given to the character is so brilliantly written. When Elle recalls a story about how she met Cameron Diaz, it is explained in the most colorfullest of dialouge. "And last week I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal, and I talked her out of buying this truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed."

Witherspoon has said that she studied women at a fraternity in order to accurately portray a ditzy blonde. I wonder if the filmmakers got any angry phone calls or letters from the fraternity regarding this.

This movie is Reese's version of 1999's Election. I found myself wrapped up in the proceedings of the court case and had myself a nice big laugh at the way she solves the court case: She accuses the victim of murdering her father(Because the victim stated she was taking a shower while the murder happened) due to her unable to wash her perm after getting it done because it would affect the ammonium thioglycolate.

This movie makes you want to see Elle in another journey. You fall in love with the character so much that even if the sequel is bad, at least Witherspoon will turn in a fabulous performance.

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